By Steve Powell
MARYSVILLE – A few days ago Marysville schools superintendent Jason Thompson wasn’t sure what the district would do to help students with academics during the six-week shutdown due to the coronavirus.
That changed quickly.
“The people wanted it,” he said. “They kept asking, ‘What are you doing?’”
So from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday administrators were passing out Chromebooks and school supplies to families with students in grades 1-5.
Lines of cars were backed up all the way to Value Village on State Avenue. Another line formed for a few blocks on 80th west of the railroad tracks.
Some families were there an hour early, Brynn Marcum said, adding, “Parents were eager for it.” Hard copies of materials were available, too, along with the Chromebooks for online. Future materials will be handed out at bus stops, where food also is being delivered.
Middle and high school students already have Chromebooks. Links to their materials are available on the district website.
Along with basic school supplies, hygiene kits also were available, which included highly coveted toilet paper.
More Chromebooks will be handed out Monday, also from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Educational Service Center parking lot, 4220 80th St. NE.
Once you have a Chromebook, if you need help call the hotline at 360-965-0202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org